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June 5, 2010 , , , , , ,

Today I have written to my MP, and London Assembly members, to highlight the appalling bigotry of a London pub.

Dear Bob Stewart,

I’d like to draw to your attention to an incident that occurred yesterday afternoon, Saturday 5 June 2010, that has caused me some concern.

I was shocked to hear from friends that they were refused service in The Greencoat Boy pub, 2 Greencoat Place, SW1P 1PJ. Following the Labour Party’s LGBT AGM today, delegates went along to the pub, but were asked to leave on account of their sexuality. The manager of the pub had been contacted in advance, to book the room for a function. But when they arrived, they were told by the manager that had he known the booking was for a group of gay people he would not have accepted it.

I’m sure you’ll appreciate that is appalling bigotry. It is in fact against the law to refuse goods and services to someone based on their sexuality. This incident has been reported to the Metropolitan Police.

A campaign to boycott the pub has been building on Twitter tonight. To have any effect, this boycott will only be effective if it is observed by everyone who believes that discrimination based on a person’s sexuality is unacceptable.

I hope you agree that this kind of attitude is unacceptable in this day and age, especially in a diverse and progressive city like London.

Yours sincerely,

Gareth Abbit

If you find yourself in SW1, please avoid the Greencoat Boy.


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